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The Rialto

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 199
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 298 x 203 mm
Signed: butterfly at left (3)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Second Venice Set', 1886
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 36
Catalogues: K.211; M.208; W.181
Impressions taken from this plate  (36)


Three states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K2110103
There is no signature or inscription.
The lower third of the image has traces of figures, patches of scraping and burnishing and a series of acid droplets curving from the lower right edge to the centre at bottom.

State 2

Etching: K2110202
The scraping and burnishing marks on the lower third of the plate have been cleaned and the acid droplets partly removed; faint traces of figures remain, as do traces of the acid droplets at lower right.
The remnants of figures and acid droplets are almost indiscernible on some impressions.
Published in this and the following state by Messrs Dowdeswell and Thibaudeau with the Twenty-six Etchings (the 'Second Venice Set') in 1886.

State 3

Etching: K2110203
Signed with a butterfly just above centre at left.
The impression illustrated has paper losses and repairs along the left sheet edge.

State 3 (cancelled)

Etching: K2110302
Cancelled with crossed curving zigzag lines.